Carolyn Barske, Ph.D.


(256) 765-4529
UNA Box 5019
Willingham Hall 104
Assistant Professor of Public History

Research & Teaching Fields:
Public History; United States Women's History; Cultural United States History focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary era; British Women's History

Sewanee: The University of the South B.A. 2002
Northeastern University M.A. 2004
The University of Massachusetts Ph.D. 2011


Research, Teaching and Other Interests:

“Determining the Price of a Broken Heart: The Rise of American Breach of Promise Suits in the 1820s” (work in progress)

“Florence: Alabama’s Renaissance City” in Alabama Heritage (Winter, 2015)

Images of America: Florence (Arcadia Publishing, July 2014)

 “‘A True Tale of Disappointed Love:’ Seduction, Breach of Promise and Suicide in Manchester, New Hampshire (under review at Historical New Hampshire)

“This wanton laceration of an affectionate heart”: Courtship and Courtship Advice Literature in the Early Republic, The North Alabama Review (2013)

 “The Whiskey Rebellion: Small Farmers versus the New Federal Government, 1791-1794” in Conflicts in American History, vol III, The Early National Period and Expansion: 1789-1850, (Facts on File, 2010)

Public History Projects

Belle Mont Docent Manual Project: Ongoing

Sacred Way Sanctuary, Museum Development Plan and Design: Ongoing

Riverview Historic District: Ongoing

FAME Studios National Register Nomination: Ongoing

2013-2014: Sulphur Creek Trestle Preservation Project (funded by American Battlefield Protection Program)

2014: Natchez Trace Parkway Association Educational Packet (with students Kristen Tippett Briggs, Ashley Pentecost and Jesse Brock)

2012-Present: UNA/TVHS Oral History Project (with various UNA Public History Students)

2013-2014: Rosenbaum House Museum Educators Resource Packet (with students Ashley Pentecost and Mandy Beck):

2013-2014: W.C. Handy Museum Educators Resource Packet (with students Casey Mills and Tess Evans)

2013-present: Redd-Bibbee National Register Nomination (with student Hannah Garmon)

2013: Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Driving Tours (with students Clint Alley and Wesley Garmon)

2013-present: Downtown Florence Walking Tour Brochure for Heritage Preservation Inc. (with student Kristen Tippett Briggs)

2013: Tennessee Valley Historical Society Website (with student Wesley Garmon)

2013-2014: Hackleburg Oral History Project (with UNA Public History Students

Courses Taught:

  • HI 201: United States History to 1877
  • HI 202: United States History since 1877
  • HI 471/571: Public History
  • HI 476/576: Oral History
  • HI 480/580: Digital History
  • HI 670: Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management
  • HI 671: Museum and Archival Management
  • HI 679: Public History Internship